Top Engineering Schools 2021

Education is a huge investment in both time and money. So, doing your research is really important.

Let’s start with what schools are considered the top in the Engineering profession.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021, a ranking that is released in February each year, covers five branches of engineering – chemical, civil and structural, electrical, mechanical and mineral and mining, based on a methodology that assesses employer and academic reputations, research impact and more.

1. Academic Reputation. Since 2004, the QS World University Rankings® has been gathering data from 74,651 academic subjects worldwide; analyzing the massive amount of data collected from surveys and respondents to create an Academic Reputation

2. Employee Reputation. These rankings are unique in integrating employability as a primary factor for evaluating and ranking global Engineering and Technology schools. This year alone 40,643 survey responses were received from such employers worldwide, which were used to create an Employee Reputation score.

3. Citations Per Paper were evaluated, and its data was captured to create a score. To do this successfully, a publication limit is defined for every engineering and technology subject to avoid possible flaws arising from small quantities of highly cited publications. Both the lowest publications limit and also the weighting placed on the citations indicator are adapted to be able to create the best citation score for each discipline.

4. H-index Citations. The H-Index is used to measure the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist or engineer, as well as the richness and impact of a group of engineers in any given university or country.

The rankings below are based on overall QS Ranking Scores.

Top 100 Best Engineering Schools in the World (based on data from QS World University Rankings®)

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

* No. of students: 11,192

* International students: 33%

* Female:Male Ratio: 37 : 63

2. Stanford University

No. of students: 15,658

International students: 22%

Female:Male Ratio: 42 : 58

3. University of Cambridge

No. of students: 18,389

International students: 35%

Female:Male Ratio: 45 : 55

4. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)

No. of students: 18,605

International students: 35%

Female:Male Ratio: 45 : 55

5. ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

No. of students: 18,616

International students: 37%

Female:Male Ratio: 31 : 69

6. Imperial College London

No. of students: 15,236

International students: 52%

Female:Male Ratio: 37 : 63

7. National University of Singapore (NUS)

No. of students: 31,111

International students: 32%

Female:Male Ratio: 50 : 50

8. University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

No. of students: 34,834

International students: 16%

Female:Male Ratio: 52 : 48

9. University of Oxford

No. of students: 19,718

International students: 35%

Female:Male Ratio: 46 : 54

10. Tsinghua University

No. of students: 41,537

International students: 10%

Female:Male Ratio: 32 : 68

11. The University of Tokyo

No. of students: 26,080

International students: 10%

Female:Male Ratio: n/a

12. Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

No. of students: 9,750

International students: 54%

Female:Male Ratio: 27 : 73

13. Harvard University

No. of students: 21,000

International students: n/a

Female:Male Ratio: n/a

14. KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology

No. of students: 9,464

International students: 9%

Female:Male Ratio: 20 : 80

15. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

No. of students: 10,214

International students: 31%

Female:Male Ratio: n/a

16. Georgia Institute of Technology

No. of students: 20,773

International students: 27%

Female:Male Ratio: 31 : 69

17. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

No. of students: 2,209

International students: 27%

Female:Male Ratio: 31 : 69

18. Peking University

No. of students: 42,136

International students: 16%

Female:Male Ratio: 47 : 53

19. Tokyo Institute of Technology

No. of students: 9,570

International students: 13%

Female:Male Ratio: 14 : 86

20. Delft University of Technology

No. of students: 17,057

International students: 27%

Female:Male Ratio: 28 : 72

21. Seoul National University

No. of students: 26,470

International students: 11%

Female:Male Ratio: n/a

22. Kyoto University

No. of students: 22,481

International students: 8%

Female:Male Ratio: 24 : 76

23. National Taiwan University (NTU)

No. of students: 31,758

International students: 8%

Female:Male Ratio: 40 : 60

24. Politecnico di Milano

No. of students: 42,496

International students: n/a

Female:Male Ratio:n/a

25. Shanghai Jiao Tong University

No. of students: 36,535

International students: 6%

Female:Male Ratio: 41 : 59

26. Technical University of Munich

No. of students: 36,929

International students: 22%

Female:Male Ratio: 33 : 67

27. The University of Hong Kong

No. of students: 20,095

International students: 39%

Female:Male Ratio: 51 : 49

28. The University of Melbourne

No. of students: 42,273

International students: 37%

Female:Male Ratio: 55 : 45

29. KTH Royal Institute of Technology

No. of students: 12,841

International students: 17%

Female:Male Ratio: 31 : 69

30. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

No. of students: 38,392

International students: 16%

Female:Male Ratio: 53 : 47

31. Carnegie Mellon University

No. of students: 12,311

International students: 38%

Female:Male Ratio: 38 : 62

32. The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)

No. of students: 40,133

International students: 34%

Female:Male Ratio: 46 : 54

33. RWTH Aachen University

No. of students: 43,721

International students: 18%

Female:Male Ratio: 32 : 68

34. University of Toronto

No. of students: 69,427

International students: 17%

Female:Male Ratio: n/a

35. Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)

No. of students: 22,390

International students: 20%

Female:Male Ratio: 34 : 66

36. Universiti Malaya (UM)

No. of students: 21,990

International students: 18%

Female:Male Ratio: 66 : 34

37. Princeton University

No. of students: 7,955

International students: 24%

Female:Male Ratio: 45 : 55

38. KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

No. of students: 25,824

International students: 18%

Female:Male Ratio: 27 : 73

39. National Tsing Hua University

No. of students: 10,194

International students: 5%

Female:Male Ratio: 33 : 67

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40. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

No. of students: 43,402

International students: 23%

Female:Male Ratio: 46 : 54

41. The University of Sydney

No. of students: 44,553

International students: 32%

Female:Male Ratio: 57 : 43

42. Zhejiang University

No. of students: 50,051

International students: 6%

Female:Male Ratio: 22 : 78

43. Technical University of Denmark

No. of students: 8,548

International students: 24%

Female:Male Ratio: 29 : 71

44. Monash University

No. of students: 46,846

International students: 28%

Female:Male Ratio: 57 : 43

45. University of Texas at Austin

No. of students: 48,561

International students: 10%

Female:Male Ratio: 51 : 49

46. The Australian National University

No. of students: 15,986

International students: 35%

Female:Male Ratio: 52 : 48

47. Cornell University

No. of students: 21,850

International students: 24%

Female:Male Ratio: 49 : 51

48. Fudan University

No. of students: 32,859

International students: 10%

Female:Male Ratio: 51 : 49

49. University of Michigan

No. of students: 41,818

International students: 16%

Female:Male Ratio: 48 : 52

50. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

No. of students: 18,072

International students: 31%

Female:Male Ratio: n/a

51. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

No. of students: 21,773

International students: 25%

Female:Male Ratio: 51 : 49

52. Politecnico di Torino

No. of students: 9,928

International students: 55%

Female:Male Ratio: 28 : 72

53. UCL (University College London)

No. of students: 30,304

International students: 49%

Female:Male Ratio: 56 : 44

54. University of British Columbia

No. of students: 51,889

International students: 29%

Female:Male Ratio: 54 : 46

55. Pohang University of Science And Technology (POSTECH)

No. of students: 3,046

International students: 4%

Female:Male Ratio: 22 : 78

56. The University of Manchester

No. of students: 35,318

International students: 38%

Female:Male Ratio: 52 : 48

57. Osaka University

No. of students: 23,256

International students: 10%

Female:Male Ratio: 31 : 69

58. Purdue University

No. of students: 38,770

International students: 23%

Female:Male Ratio: 42 : 58

59. KU Leuven

No. of students: 44,412

International students: 15%

Female:Male Ratio: 50 : 50

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60. The University of Queensland

No. of students: 38,968

International students: 26%

Female:Male Ratio: 55 : 45

61. University of Waterloo

No. of students: 32,000

International students: 17%

Female:Male Ratio: 46 : 54

62. Tohoku University

No. of students: 17,494

International students: 10%

Female:Male Ratio: 26 : 74

63. McGill University

No. of students: 30,940

International students: 26%

Female:Male Ratio: 57 : 43

64. Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)

No. of students: 24,055

International students: 12%

Female:Male Ratio: 42 : 58

65. The University of Edinburgh

No. of students: 26,759

International students: 40%

Female:Male Ratio: 59 : 41

66. Columbia University

No. of students: 26,587

International students: 32%

Female:Male Ratio: n/a

67. Korea University

No. of students: 23,037

International students: 19%

Female:Male Ratio: 46 : 54

68. National Chiao Tung University

No. of students: 12,639

International students: 7%

Female:Male Ratio: 28 : 72

69. The University of Auckland

No. of students: 30,348

International students: 29%

Female:Male Ratio: 54 : 46

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70. Yonsei University

No. of students: 18,038

International students: 21%

Female:Male Ratio: 45 : 55

71. Aalborg University

No. of students: 15,512

International students: 13%

Female:Male Ratio: 49 : 51

72. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)

No. of students:

International students:

Female:Male Ratio:

73. National Cheng Kung University (NCKU)

No. of students: 7,284

International students: 1%

Female:Male Ratio: 20 : 80

74. Ecole Polytechnique

No. of students: 2,799

International students: 36%

Female:Male Ratio: 21 : 79

75. University of Pennsylvania

No. of students: 45,411

International students: 14%

Female:Male Ratio: 46 : 54

76. City University of Hong Kong

No. of students: 9,240

International students: 35%

Female:Male Ratio: 54 : 46

77. Yale University

No. of students: n/a

International students: n/a

Female:Male Ratio: n/a

78. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)

No. of students: 9,870

International students: 1%

Female:Male Ratio: 17 : 83

79. CentraleSupélec

No. of students: 4,226

International students: 33%

Female:Male Ratio: 22 : 78

80. Universität Stuttgart

No. of students: 26,059

International students: 18%

Female:Male Ratio: 31 : 69

81. Politécnica de Madrid

No. of students: 40,371

International students: 12%

Female:Male Ratio: 32 : 68

82. Northwestern University

No. of students: 17,466

International students: 18%

Female:Male Ratio: 48 : 52

83. University of Science and Technology of China

No. of students: 16,032

International students: 3%

Female:Male Ratio: n/a

84. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

No. of students: 21,581

International students: 12%

Female:Male Ratio: 27 : 73

85. University of Washington

No. of students: 44,945

International students: 16%

Female:Male Ratio: 52 : 48

86. Hanyang University

No. of students: 20,879

International students: 17%

Female:Male Ratio: n/a

87. Pennsylvania State University

No. of students: 45,411

International students: 14%

Female:Male Ratio: 46 : 54

88. Eindhoven University of Technology

No. of students: 7,637

International students: 17%

Female:Male Ratio: 28 : 72

89. Technische Universität Darmstadt

No. of students: 17,776

International students: 16%

Female:Male Ratio: 30 : 70

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90. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

No. of students: 25,929

International students: 18%

Female:Male Ratio: 44 : 56

91. University of Wisconsin-Madison

No. of students: 38,960

International students: 12%

Female:Male Ratio: 51 : 49

92. RMIT University

No. of students: 31,465

International students: 25%

Female:Male Ratio: 47 : 53

93. Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

No. of students: 25,975

International students: 8%

Female:Male Ratio: 63 : 37

94. University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

No. of students: 29,633

International students: 17%

Female:Male Ratio: 46 : 54

95. Hokkaido University

No. of students: 18,038

International students: 9%

Female:Male Ratio: 30 : 70

96. Kyushu University

No. of students: 18,696

International students: 12%

Female:Male Ratio: 29 : 71

97. Technische Universität Dresden

No. of students: 34,514

International students: 13%

Female:Male Ratio: 42 : 58

98. Chalmers University of Technology

No. of students: 9,112

International students: 16%

Female:Male Ratio: 31 : 69

99. National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech)

No. of students: 7,981

International students: 13%

Female:Male Ratio: 32 : 68

100. University of Birmingham

No. of students: 27,061

International students: 27%

Female:Male Ratio: 54 : 46